press release

The seventh edition of Periferic Biennial is focussing on different aspects of socio-political and cultural context of Iasi and Romania. The project is resulting in a series of exhibitions, opened in Iasi on May 12, 2006.

Periferic 7 focusses: - on the position of Iasi in a globalized context where social, political and economical phenomena are influencing the cultural practices, productions and representations; - on the issue of simultaneously generating, collecting, importing and exporting information on Romania’s art context, in an attempt to search and create mutual artistic references and experience a common History; - on the exploration of the children condition, emphasizing on the problem of “child abandonment” in an extended sense.

Periferic 7 is structured on 3 independent sections curated by: Marius Babias & Angelika Nollert, Florence Derieux and Attila Tordai-S.

Periferic 7 is accompanied by 3 publications, one for each section.

// Periferic 7: Focussing Iasi / Social Processes Curators: Marius Babias (theoretician and curator, Berlin) and Angelika Nollert (curator, Siemens Arts Program, Munich)

A cooperation between Vector Association and Siemens Arts Program

Artists: Luchezar Boyadjiev (BG), Boris Buden (A), Nicoleta Esinencu (MD), Andrea Faciu (D), H.arta (RO), Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler (A), Laura Horelli (FI), John Miller (USA), Dan Perjovschi (RO), Lia Perjovschi (RO), Hito Steyerl (D), and VAD (Vector Art Data Bank)

Supported by: FRAME Helsinki, IFA Stuttgart, Kontakt. The Arts and Civil Society Program of Erste Bank Group in Central and Eastern Europe, Barnard College of Columbia University New York, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Ringier AG

// Periferic 7: Focussing Iasi / Strategies of Learning Curator: Florence Derieux (curator, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne)

Artists: Sandy Amerio (F), Bik Van der Pol (NL), Valentin Carron (CH), Latifa Echakhch (MA/F), Jens Haaning (DK), Pierre Joseph (F), Mattias Olofsson (S), Sean Snyder (USA/D), Simon Starling (GB/D), Andrei Ujica (RO/D) and Harun Farocki (D)

Supported by: Ambassade de France à Bucarest, Centre Culturel Français de Ia_i, The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest, IASPIS Stockholm, The Danish Arts Council Mondriaan Foundation, “Moldova” National Museum Complex Ia_i, Natural History Museum Ia_i

// Periferic 7: Focussing Iasi / Why Children? Curator: Attila Tordai-S. (curator of Protokoll Studio, editor for IDEA arts + society magazine, Cluj, Romania)

Artists: Hajnalka Bessenyei and Nita Mocanu (RO), Big Hope (Miklós Erhardt, Dominic Hislop, Elske Rosenfeld) (HU/Scotland/D), Mircea Cantor and Gabriela Vanga (F/RO), Elke Marhöfer (D), Ciprian Muresan (RO), Ioana Nemes (RO), Katya Sander (D/DK), Nedko Solakov (BG), Péter Szabó (HU/RO), and IDEA arts + society (RO)

In collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung and Akademie Schloss Solitude

Supported by: Goethe Zentrum Iasi, Inspectoratul Scolar Judetean Iasi, EuroEd School, Garabet Ibraileanu School, Emil Racovita High School, Quinta Café Iasi, Best Club Iasi, Yes Club Iasi, London Pub Iasi, Radio Nord-Est, Radio France Internationale (RFI)

About Periferic The Periferic project was initiated in 1997 in Iasi, Romania, as a performance festival. Since 2001, it has been transformed into a contemporary art biennial with the intention to develop a local art scene and to encourage the exchange of ideas and people from different political and cultural contexts.

About Iasi Iasi is a city of 400.000 inhabitants, being one of the country’s largest university cities with more than 60.000 students. Once the capital of Moldova, Iasi is located near the border with Republic of Moldova (a former soviet republic). Following Romania’s entry into the EU in 2007, it will become one of the eastern outposts of the European Union.

Periferic 7 Biennial is supported by: European Cultural Foundation Amsterdam Romanian Ministry of Culture Bucharest Elysée-Fonds – Gemeinsame Deutsch-Französische Kulturprogramme in Drittstaaten / French-German Cultural Fund

Partners: Municipality of Iasi, Centre Culturel Français de Iasi, Goethe Zentrum Iasi, University of Arts “George Enescu” Iasi

Sponsored by: BRD-Groupe Societe Generale, Polirom Publishing House

Organizer: Vector Association in Iasi


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Periferic 7: Focussing Iasi
International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Iasi, Romania
Kuratoren: Marius Babias, Angelika Nollert, Florence Derieux, Attila Tordai-S.

mit Sandy Amerio, Matei Bejenaru / Catalin Gheorge, Hajnalka Bessenyei / Nita Mocanu, BIG HOPE  (Miklos Erhardt, Dominic Hislop, Elske Rosenfeld), Luchezar Boyadjiev, Boris Buden, Mircea Cantor, Valentin Carron, Latifa Echakhch, Nicoleta Esinencu, Andrea Faciu, Harun Farocki, h.arta , Jens Haaning, Christine und Irene Hohenbüchler, Laura Horelli, IDEA arts & society, Pierre Joseph, Elke Marhöfer, John Miller, Ciprian Muresan, Ioana Nemes, Matthias Olofsson, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Bik Van der Pol, Katya Sander, Sean Snyder, Nedko Solakov, Simon Starling, Hito Steyerl, Peter Szabo, Andrei Ujica, Gabriela Vanga